Location: 14 Whitehall
Currently Showing: The Grinning Man
Access: Charing Cross
Ownership: Howard Panter & Rosemary Squire
Trafalgar Studios opened on 29th September 1930 as the Whitehall Theatre. The theatre’s licensee, Walter Hackett, put on his own play, The Way To Treat A Woman, and several others before leaving the theatre in 1934.
During World War II, the venue played host to revues.
Brian Rix presented a series of five farces, which became known as the Whitehall farces, from 1950 to 1966: Colin Morris’ Reluctant Heroes; John Chapman’s Dry Rot; Simple Spymen by Chapman; Ray Cooney and Tony Hilton’s One For The Pot; and Chase Me, Comrade by Cooney.
The theatre underwent extensive refurbishment and reopened on 5th March 1986 with a revival production of J B Priestley’s When We Are Married. Following this, the venue was home to The Importance Of Being Earnest, Run For Your Wife, and Travels with My Aunt.
From 1997 to 1999, the theatre was converted into a television and radio studio. The venue then returned to use as a theatre, and the Ambassador Theatre Group announced it would be reopened as the Trafalgar Studios.
The Studios opened in 2004 and has since been a venue for short runs of revival productions of plays and musicals, including: Sweeney Todd, the RSC’s Believe What You Will, Jane Eyre, Fat Pig, A Christmas Carol, and Vanities.
Trafalgar Studios is located on Whitehall. Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, Piccadilly Circus and Embankment are all very close to the theatre.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- Bianco 43 – Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue, Italian
- Getti – Jermyn Street, Italian
- The Terrace, Le Meridian Hotel – Piccadilly, British, expensive
Reviews from Trafalgar Studios
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